ASPECT Studios is thrilled to welcome Katherine English as Studio Director where she will join Deb Robbins in leading the Brisbane studio in Queensland, allowing our practice to build on the rich network of international projects and continue further development across Australia. The pair are talented practitioners who have worked in Queensland for almost the entirety of their careers, bringing a wealth of local knowledge and expertise to projects, while utilising the network and experience of a global practice. Connected by our practice purpose – to deliver projects which challenge and delight whilst enhancing the lives of people and natural systems in an enduring way – Katherine and Deb will ensure a community focused response is carried through the entire design process, positively impacting the lives of everyday Queenslanders through collaboration and shared experiences. “We are excited to announce the new leadership team of Katherine and Deb in our Brisbane studio. They join our existing network of over 200 landscape architects, designers, and specialist staff across Australia, China, the Middle East and Vietnam” says CEO Ivan Ross. “Katherine and Deb’s landscape design experience perfectly complement one another, and this appointment further supports ASPECT Studios’ evolution of growth and the aspiration to strengthen our leadership, while bringing our international expertise to local markets and making a difference within those communities. “The pair have a vast range of industry experience specific to Queensland and we are pleased to tap into this knowledge to deliver on projects that focus on sustainable outcomes that enhance the lives of its everyday users.” Katherine has completed over 16 years of professional practice in Brisbane and prior to her appointment at ASPECT Studios delivered projects such as Fortitude Valley State Secondary College, which was Brisbane’s first high rise school, and the Anna Meares Velodrome as part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. All of Katherine’s projects have been delivered with leading architectural practices demonstrating her ability to collaborate effectively within the public space, education, tourism and mixed-use landscape spheres.
Deb brings 25 years of experience to the team and has worked on a vast range of city shaping infrastructure projects in Brisbane, most recently she led the landscape and urban design for the Cross River Rail bid phase across four inner city precincts, unlocking potential and connecting communities. Deb is passionate about ensuring city shaping projects create a legacy beyond the hard infrastructure by creating sustainable benefits for the health and well-being of the community through public realm and open space opportunities.